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Ginkgo Leaf

 

Today I choose the ginkgo leaf stamp to make some cards and started to make some backgrounds.

1. on the left I used 4 different colors of embossing powder, 2. in the middle the image is embossed with clear embossing powder and colored with lime green color burst powder and 3. on the right the 3 colors of distress oxide colors.

These backgrounds came out so beautiful, that i wanted to show of the stamp with not so moch else added.

For this card I die cutted the sentiment added a ribbon and a few sticky pearls to set of the beauty of the ginkgo leaf background.

This is the embossed background. You may wonder how I did this. Stamp the image with versamark and add ech color of embossing powder one by one. Tap off the first color, put the left over powder in the jar and close the lid (so you make not the mistake i did by adding the powder in the wrong pot). Then the next color the same way and every other color after that. Also hew sticky pearls. Great for an Autumn birthday.

I have one more card on my Craftchaos Blog, hope you come over and see. Thank you all for looking and have a creative day!

Hetty

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Medallion of Flowers

Inspired by a color challeng I made this card from the left over part of watercolor paper I died with oxide inks directly from my craftsheet. I used tree colors: fossilized amber, spiced marmalade and worn lipstick.

After the coloring I used the Bold flower medallion in a bed of calligrapy stamp with versamark on the watercolor and embossed the image with silver embossing powder. I decorated the circle with three sticky pearls.

On the top and bottom of the card you see a pair of ginkgo leaves in matching colors as decoration. The card is mounted on silver paper and decorated with a pink organza ribbon before mounted on the pink card. Thank you for looking and have a creative day!

Hetty

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Stylized Geisha Pear with a Faux Leather Background

Happy Friday, everybody; it’s Sabrina here today with a card made using the beautiful Stylized Geisha Pear image from Art Neko. This image features two geishas and a large fan set in a pear, with a filling of calligraphy.

Stylized Geisha Pear - image from Art Neko with two geishas and a fan in a pear shape

Isn’t it lovely? I stamped mine with Versamark Onyx Black on watercolour paper, and then coloured it with Inktense pencils. After cutting out the rectangular shape, I sponged the edges with distress inks, and then I masked the pear image off and spattered the background with some gold Twinkling H2Os.

I thought a vintage look background would suit this, so I created a faux leather background using masking tape.

To do this, you start with a piece of card the desired size, then you simply tear small pieces of masking tape and stick them down till the whole piece is covered. Smaller pieces look better. When you have done this, you simply sponge or pounce colour onto it till you get the look you like. The torn edges will be darker than the rest. I used Tea Dye and Vintage Photo distress inks, but this looks good in all sorts of colours.

Faux leather - stage one

 

Faux leather - stage 2

 

Faux leather - stage 3

 

After adding colour, sprinkle clear embossing powder over it and heat it – as the surface is rough and a little tacky you shouldn’t need to use any Versamark. You get a lovely slightly glossy finish with a great vintage look – and I’ve always thought this type of faux leather works well with oriental style images.

Faux leather - finished

I discovered last night that not all masking tapes are created equal! The first one I tried felt very tacky, and in fact when I heated it up at the embossing stage it curled off the paper – shock!!  So, I had to go downstairs and hunt out some other tape, and second time round it worked perfectly. In fact, having done this I decided I wanted to take it up a notch, so I embossed mine with a vine-design and then added some copper gilding wax, buffing it in.  I edged all the panels with a black Sharpie – including the Ginkgo leaf panel, which was cut from this lovely collage sheet. I think they are such beautiful leaves. There must be a tree near work, because a few times over the years I find a ginkgo leaf lying on the path as I walk up the hill – but it’s a rare treat and I’ve never been able to spot the tree.

To finish the card, I popped the main image panel up on foam tape and added some black half-pearls. Here’s the finished Stylized Geisha Pear card.

Stylized Geisha Pear image on a faux leather background

 

Thanks for visiting the blog this week – make sure to stop by again and see what new delights the team have been creating to share next week.

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Bookmark

Today I have made a bookmark for you. Bookmarks are such a fun gift for readers. I love reading too, so this one is in my book now. I used the “Butterfly and Flowers” rubber stamp. Now reading and coffee is the ultimate for me.

I stamped the bookmark in versamark and embossed the stamp with black embossing powder. For coloring I used the new distress oxide inks by tim Holtz. They are wonderful for coloring too. I used one of those water brushes and when you color it looks like watercoloring. Beautiful! You may wonder about the text. That is from one of the kanji characters. I just used the english text here. You can also write a wish or add someone’s name at that spot.

There are some lovely plastic sleeves for these bookmarks. This way they stay as beautiful as you made them and is also so much nicer for gifting. Thanks for looking and I am going to do some more reading now that I  have finished writing my post.

Hetty

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Happy Birthday

Hello there, it is Hetty with a birthday card idea for you. I made this card also for a color challenge (all details on my Craftchaos Blog). The background is made with the Forget Me Not  stamp. I stamped it with versamark ink on white paper and embossed it with clear embossing powder. Then I took red ink and a blending tool and colored the background red. With a soft cloth I polished the paper and take a way the red ink from the flowers. The embossing powder works as a resist.

On a seperate piece of paper I stamped the Love Birds with black ink and the birthday sentiment underneath. Then I cut it freely with scissors, glued it to black paper and cut it out again with a border. After adding the black ribbon to the border the birds were added on top with foam tape. Thank you for looking and i hope you all have a creative day!

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Daisy Tag With Butterfly

I’m marking the official start of Spring in Ireland with a Daisy Tag with Butterfly on the blog today. Traditionally Spring here starts on February 1st, St. Brigid’s Day, but in terms of actual weather, most people don’t think Spring is here till March. Any excuse for flowers on a dull day is a good one, though.

Tag using Bookmarks and Sentiments, and Whimsical and Kind Sayings sets from Art Neko

 

I started with a manila shipping tag and a few distress inks to create a wrinkle-free distress background. When it had got thoroughly dry, I stamped the daisy image (without the sentiment) from the Bookmarks and Sentiments plate, using Versafine Black ink. I also stamped the daisy twice onto white card, and using Encore gold ink I stamped the little butterfly which is found on the same plate. The butterfly was embossed with gold embossing powder, and I then cut it out and sponged it with blue ink, and then added shimmer with a Spectrum Noir glitter overlay pen.

Daisy tag with Butterfly using images from the Bookmarks and Sentiments plate from Art Neko

One of the daisies is stuck straight down on the tag. Taking the second one, I trimmed down several of the petals to separate them, and also shaped the yellow centre a bit with a stylus. It’s popped up over the first daisy head with foam tape in the center – some of the individual petals were then stuck down and others left a bit higher to add dimension. The little leaves were also cut out and layered, so that I could have more vivid colour than if I had simply coloured the image stamped on the tag.

To finish the daisy tag off, I decided to add a sentiment that would make it suitable for almost any occasion, so I chose the “Thinking of You” sentiment from Whimsical and Kind Sayings. The daisy comes with “my warmest thanks” running along the length of the stem, but I cut this into a separate stamp as I know I’ll get more use out of the daisy like this. After adding the sentiment, I sponged the tag edges with some Walnut Stain distress ink and added a little spattering with an Inktense pencil. A scrap of vivid yellow ribbon to match the daisy centre finishes it off, all ready to add to a card base, a gift bag or a gift-wrapped present.

Daisy tag with butterfly, using Bookmarks and Sentiments and Whimsical and Kind Sayings

 

Thanks for coming by the blog this week! Stamp your own Spring this weekend, even if it’s snowy or just unseasonably cold outside.

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Chinese New Year: Rooster

rooster for chinese new year

Hello Hetty here with a card for Chinese New Year that will be the Year of the Rooster, so here some inspiration with the stamp of the rooster that you can find here. This card looks complicated, but I can assure you it is not. I have some pictures on my Craftchaos Blog. This is how it works: first you stamp the background. Stamps some roosters with versamark and emboss them with white embossing powder. Take red and orange ink and color the paper with a blending tool. The white embossing powder works as a resist. Then I stamped the words Year of the Rooster (that comes with the rooster stamp) at random in black. A few drops of water and the background is finished.

For the red circle i stamped the rooster in black and colored him with pencil. After adding some red/white twine around the card I added the circle with foam tape on top. The Happy New Year sentiment is from the Holiday Greetings and after stamping it, I cut it apart and added it to the card like the rooster called it out.

I hope you will visit my blog too and besides seeing the tutorial, there is an ather card with the rooster. Thank you for looking and have a creative day!

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Paper Lanterns for the New Year

Hello. Hetty here and I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones. Now we are only  a few days away from the New Year, so i had to come up with a new year card for you. I made these paper lanterns with the snowflake background stamp.

You find a complete picture tutorial on my Craftchaos Blog, here I will explain a little too. First I stamped  the image with versamark and embossed it with white embossing powder. The embossed flakes work as a resisit and when I colored the paper with blue distress ink, the snowflakes were popping up. Then I cut out the lanterns with a circle and an oval die. The shapes where run through a crimper and little strips of paper where added on top and bottom of the shapes. The tassels I had in my stash and where ready made and just perfect for my card. The background of the card is a now embossing folder from Stampin Up! and the sentiment for the New Year can be found here as Holiday Greetings.

Leaves me to wish you all a very Healthy, Energetic, Peaceful, Loving and Creative New Year!

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Gold Steampunk Feather

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Hi everyone!  It’s Holly posting today, and I’ve got a fun “oops” story to share with you.   Look at the background of my card above.  You’re probably wondering how I created that.  I was challenged to randomly smoosh a Versamark ink pad over some cardstock and then cover it with any color of embossing powder.  So I pulled out some black cardstock and dabbed my Versamark ink pad here and there.  I covered the piece with gold embossing powder, and then lifted it up to shake off the excess powder.  When I did that, I accidentally hit the edge of my scratch paper and it left a couple of lines where it removed some of the embossing powder.  I gasped, and then I looked again.  I really liked the way that looked, so I did that some more.  Oops!  LOL

After I melted the gold powder with a heat tool, I had to sit back and admire my handmade background.  I thought it would go really well with a steampunk image, so I pulled out the Steampunk Fun sheet and selected the feather stamp.  I stamped the steampunk feather with Versamark and covered it with the same gold embossing powder.  This looks so striking against the black cardstock.

I kept the card clean and simple by adhering the steampunk feather to the center of my handmade background.  This piece is glued to a black card base.   I love the stark contrast of the beautifully drawn steampunk feather against the random chaos of the handmade background.

 

 

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Tiled Egrets in the Snow

Hello everybody !

It’s  Friday – so it’s me, Sabrina, here again with another card to share with you – Tiled Egrets in the Snow . This week I am once again using the Shoson Five Snowy Egrets with Wee Calligraphy stamp from Art Neko. I like to know that there are several ways of using a stamp, and I’m sure you’ll agree that this is quite different from the faux whitewash card I shared a couple of weeks ago using the same stamp!

Shoson's Five Snowy Egrets done with a Faux Tile Technique.

 

 

 

 

 

For this  card, I stamped the image on white card with Versafine black ink, and then coloured it with Polychromos pencils. I used a gel pen to add colour back into the falling snow.

Then I cut the image into tiles; I used a quilting ruler to identify the centre of the image, and it turned out that cutting it into tiles about 1″ wide by 1 1/8″ high worked out to include the entire image. Then I distressed the edges and sponged them lightly with some pale grey ink.

Each tile was coated with a layer of Diamond Glaze and left overnight to dry.
The next morning I assembled them onto a blue base, leaving a tiny space between each tile. Those tiles that just had snow on them were a little bit like a jigsaw – and in the end I had to refer back to an earlier card to make sure I got them right!! I matted that onto black and added it to a white card base.
I spent a long time deciding whether to leave it just as it was, or to add the black die-cut “hello” (a Memory Box die)  which was on my desk as a leftover from another project. In the end, as you can see, I added it – since I had already added gloss to it it went very well with the tiled effect.

Five Snowy Egrets card with Art Neko stamp using a faux tile technique

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing all the lovely creations which the team have been sharing this week. Make sure to stop by again next week for more inspiration.

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